Ruby is part of a conversation I have been having with ancient art. Her form and stance at first appear very Classical, but there is a tension between the figure and the fabric enveloping her. Is it sheltering her or hindering her movement? I gave her a name as if this were a portrait, because she is an individual with her own struggles and scars and not an idealization of womanhood. Ruby grips the fabric with strength and is poised to either break free or perhaps completely cover herself inside it. Women in ancient art were mostly depicted through the male gaze. Ruby is instead a woman of the 21st Century with her own complex interior life.
Please join me in celebrating the 12th anniversary of Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland's thriving uptown arts district. I am honored to show my work alongside 18 notable artists.
The opening reception is Friday September 4th 2015 6:00-9:00pm and coincides with Oakland's First Friday art walk. The show continues through October 31st.
Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street
Oakland CA 94612